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The 10 Most Underrated National Parks in America

There are 59 national parks in the United States. These are the hidden gems.<p>There are 59 national parks in the United States — each more majestic and …

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Not Your Parent's Road Trip: How To Do The Pacific Northwest The Right Way

<i>Read Part 1: Los Angeles to Sonoma</i><p>From Sonoma, you can take the time to drive along the coast and hit stops like Redwood National Park – which is what just about everyone does – which is why I recommend making a b-line (with one quick detour to Crate Lake) for your first stop: Sisters, Oregon.<p><b>The</b> …

RVs

Olympic National Park Is Home to the Quietest Spot in the Continental U.S.

In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores the Hoh River valley, where you can find "one square inch of silence."<p>The Hoh River valley in Washington's Olympic National Park is a strange and beautiful place. It's one of the only temperate rain forests in the United States, and its lichen-shrouded …

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Best Of The US National Parks: 39 Secret Tips From The Experts

Summer’s here, which means Americans will be flocking to the U.S. National Park System. And while most of us know about the iconic landscapes of Yosemite and Yellowstone, there are hundreds of other national park sites to explore, including historic sites devoted to the people who have changed this …

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BEST DIY: 40 Ultimate Backpacking Hacks To Make Your Next Journey Comfortable

“If travelling were free, you would probably never see me,” this has been one of the favourite sayings of people who have been bitten by the bug of …

Backpacking

Tips for Backpacking in Bear Country

Bears are the animals that everyone wants to see and doesn’t want to see. It is really just a question of timing and distance. Spot a grizzly bear on …

24 of the Most Scenic Places to Camp in the United States

Take a road trip from coast to coast, and you’ll find beautiful sights in every state in the U.S.<p>One of the best things about traveling around the …

Hiking

100 Essential Skills Every Backpacker Should Know

Before the TripMake a firestarterEasy Dryer lint and candle wax in a cardboard egg carton compartment (poke a bit of lint out of the wax for a wick). …

10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit

Denali National Park, AK<p>Most people who look for solitude in Denali travel deep into the backcountry; ranger John Brueck says you don’t have to …

Tips and Tricks on Visiting 26 National Parks, Straight From Park Employees

From the best time of the year to visit to the best hidden spots, straight from those who know it best.<p>Each of the National Park Service’s 417 …

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Fun Facts About All 59 U.S. National Parks

Uncover lesser-known secrets about these iconic landscapes.<p>Plenty of people still think the National Park system is, as writer Wallace Stegner put it, “America’s best idea.” Over the last year alone, its 84 million acres were visited over 331 million times. But this vast network still has plenty of …

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American parks you’ll need to win a lottery to visit

The odds of winning $1 on certain scratch tickets are just over 10%. The odds of winning a permit to visit Coyote Buttes North, home of the famous Wave? About 4% during peak season.<p>In order to keep certain parts of America’s park system from getting overrun with visitors, some parks have instituted …

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The 9 Quietest and Darkest National Parks

With roughly 84 million acres of national park lands, some of them hundreds of thousands of acres on their own, you’d think finding a quiet, dark …

This man did a 22,000 mile road trip of North America — these are the 25 spots he says you can't miss

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11 spectacular waterfalls in the US you need to see in your lifetime

1/<p>Palouse Falls, Washington<p>Palouse Falls has been dubbed the "official waterfall of Washington State" for good reason. It clocks in at 198 feet tall …

25 Places in Colorado You’ll Want to Camp

Colorado is one state that you absolutely need to add to to your camping bucket list. Home to the Rocky Mountains, pristine alpine lakes, starry …

Canine Adventure Gear: 5 Essentials for Hiking with a Dog

It’s hard to beat the fun of hiking with a dog. And with these essentials, you’ll be ready to hit the trail with your pup.<b>Over the years, my dog,</b> …

Why Fly All The Way to Iceland? Colorado Has Some of the Best Hot Springs Around

Iceland is one of the world’s great tourism success stories, having tripled its amount of visitors in under ten years. With a population of just 334,000, this tiny island nation attracts a staggering 1.8 million travelers annually, and almost half of those visitors will take a dip in the infamous …

12 Trails to Hike Before They're Gone

3.1K<p>SHARES<p>Spectacular Glaciers in Alaska<p><b>Edge of the Glacier Trail</b><i><br>Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska</i><p>Last summer, Exit Glacier looked more like a …

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10 Awesome Hikes on the East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is just an hour drive from boulder and an hour and a half from Denver. I spent this last summer working in the Colorado. …

Hiking

The Best Gifts For Hikers of 2017

Searching for the perfect present? We did the work for you. Presenting our picks for the best gifts for hikers that money can buy.

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'As close as the US gets to Egypt’s pyramids': how Chaco Canyon is endangered by drilling

In Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, it is still possible to wander the maze of rooms of an ancestral Puebloan village erected roughly 1,000 years ago.<p>Visitors use the same staircases and duck through the same T-shaped doorways as residents did at the time. A jigsaw puzzle of rocks form walls that stand …

Archaeology

The Top 52 Hiker Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

1. BURYING YOUR RESERVOIR<p>Few flubs are more irritating than a leaky water bladder that soaks your pack on the drive to the trailhead. It happens when …

Camping

Seven Things You Need to Layer Properly

Fall is, without question, the best time of year to go backpacking. If you can squeeze in a trip before it gets too cold, you’ll be rewarded with crisp air, gorgeous views, and a lot less sweat—triple bonus. <br>You probably already know that layering is the key to staying happy when you’re in the …

Go Here: Getting Off-Grid in one of America's Least-Visited National Parks

If you can believe it, just off the coast of America's most populous state, one national park manages to escape widespread attention.<p>Among the …

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Beyond Old Faithful—Here's How to Visit Yellowstone National Park in Just 3 Days

If you have yet to cross Yellowstone National Park off your travel bucket list, allow us to convince you to take an all-American road trip for your …

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A Guide to Big Bend National Park

Spanning the border of Mexico and Texas, Big Bend National Park is nothing short of magical.<p>Greg Henington, a 26-year area resident, well remembers a …

World’s Most Beautiful Kayaking Trips for the Ultimate Adventure

Unspoiled nature, stunning scenery, and an increased heart rate are cravings of the adventure travel lover’s soul, and there are few better ways to …

Kayaking

20 Great Places to Camp in America's National Parks

The summer may be fading fast, but it's not over just yet. And if you're looking for some great places to go camping before the season is done,</i> …

The 20 Best Places to Camp in National Parks

Some of the finest places to lay your head are inside our national parks.<p>Summer is upon us and that means it's time to get outside, feel the sun on our noggin, breathe deep of the fresh air and enjoy all all that Mother Nature has given our great nation. And there's nowhere better to experience the …

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